Summary: This is the 3rd message of a 3 part message on the temptation of Jesus. This message focuses on the devil trying to get Jesus to jump off the temple roof
As is typical in my messages I do not have a written closing. Hopefully by the time you get to the end of the message the Holy Spirit will inspire you to write your own closing. Be blessed!
Gospel of Luke 4:1-13
We are in a message series on the Gospel of Luke
The word “gospel” literally means “good news”
So, you could say that this series is about “The good news of Luke”
What exactly is this good news?
Simply put, it’s the life story of Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is, without a shadow of a doubt, the most influential person who has ever existed
Even if you’re not a Christian, or even a particularly religious person, you cannot deny this fact
No one life has affected the whole of humanity more than Jesus Christ
Since He has affected the world so deeply you would think that all of us would know a lot about Him, but unfortunately that is not true
Many claim to know about Jesus, but in reality few people really do
The Gospel of Luke details the events of Jesus’ life from His birth to His death on the cross and subsequent resurrection
Luke is written by a Gentile to a Gentile audience
Since the vast majority of us listening to this message are Gentiles I think it’s very appropriate that we study this Gospel
As we jump into our passage today in Luke 4 we need to remember that Jesus had just been baptized by John the Baptist – that’s what our message was about last week – and was ready to fulfill His purpose
But before He began His ministry something else had to take place
Luke 4:1-13 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, 2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. 3 The devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread." 4 Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone.'" 5 The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6 And he said to him, "I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. 7 So if you worship me, it will all be yours." 8 Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.'" 9 The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. "If you are the Son of God," he said, "throw yourself down from here. 10 For it is written: "'He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; 11 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'" 12 Jesus answered, "It says: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'" 13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.
So in this passage we see 3 temptations that Jesus faced during His time in the desert
For the last two weeks we’ve been looking at these temptations
The first one, turning stone into bread, was a physical temptation
We spoke about the fact that we need to care for both our physical as well as our spiritual, however if we focus too much on our physical we will starve our spiritual
Last week we looked at the second temptation, bowing down and worshipping the devil
This was a temptation of taking a shortcut
This was gaining the kingdom without the cross
Rarely do shortcuts work – most times they cause more problems than they are worth
You cannot become what God has called you to become by taking a shortcut
Today we are going to look at the final temptation of Jesus
9 The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. "If you are the Son of God," he said, "throw yourself down from here. 10 For it is written: "'He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; 11 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'" 12 Jesus answered, "It says: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'"
In this final temptation Satan takes Jesus to the top of the temple and had Him stand at its highest point
The temple spoken of here is what’s called the second temple - picture